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Although not as hip as it once was, Facebook is still an easy place to connect with others who have similar interests such as music, sports, food and even cannabis.

Officially, the social networking giant isn’t that keen on the plant, barring any groups with the words “cannabis” or “marijuana” in their names from coming up during general searches. But if you keep looking, you’ll find Facebook communities full of hungry and creative stoners, pot growers, edibles chefs and more. Here are eight we’re fans of so far.

A coalition of hemp businesses are calling out two of the country’s most popular social media platforms for what they believe are unfair advertising policies. According to the Hemp Industries Association, algorithms lumping the plant into the same category as marijuana have prevented industrial hemp companies from advertising on Facebook and Instagram.

Although the 2018 federal Farm Bill legalized hemp for farming at the end of last year, there’s still plenty of confusion about the non-intoxicating version of marijuana, particularly with traditional media like television. But social media companies — a relatively new form of media — have also frustrated the emerging industry by deleting certain profiles and prohibiting hemp companies from advertising.

At this writing, thirty states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of marijuana, be it recreational, medical or both, with Colorado having been in the latter category for more than four years. Nonetheless, Facebook and Instagram continue to make it difficult for cannabis businesses to advertise and promote themselves on the platforms. The scenario causes frustration within the industry even as it forces marketers to come up with clever ways to get around restrictions.

A cropped image from the Denver Police Department Facebook page. More photos plus two videos below.

Last month, we shared Denver Police Department concerns about trick-or-treaters possibly being slipped marijuana edibles on Halloween. Literally hundreds of readers ripped such fears as unreasonable and reactionary. But rather than backing down, the DPD upped the ante with a video on the alleged threat, plus a Facebook campaign rolled out over the past couple of weeks. Thus far, the majority of those who’ve responded to the department on Facebook have been more upset by what they see as fear-mongering than by the prospect of kids being dosed without their knowledge.

Keep your friends close. Keep your enemies closer. Keep your Friends List private.

You may remember a couple of weeks ago we reported here on a story about DEA agents in New York stealing a suspect’s online identity and creating a fake Facebook profile in her likeness in an attempt to lure her friends into guilt-ridden admissions of their own.
The suspect, Sondra Arquiett, sued the Drug Enforcement Agency and the federal government for $250,000 and was due to begin court proceedings on the matter this week, but the suit is now in mediation as the feds try to buy their way out of the embarrassing situation. The revelation that law enforcement was using the popular social media networking site to conduct undercover investigations was just another on a growing list of incidences that have left those still logging on wondering just how real, and how safe, Facebook actually is.

Prohibition has many faces

If you are wondering why it is taking so long to legalize cannabis in America, you have supreme dumbasses like 24-year old Patrick Wayne Austin of Missoula, Montana to thank.
Blasting cans of compressed and highly flammable butane gas through a weed-filled tube indoors? Check. Doing it in an apartment building? Check. Doing it with a child in the house? Check. Posting about your wacky adventures as an “extract artist” on social media sites like Facebook? Check mate.

Mark and Holly Harrington.

We figured most people knew by now that Facebook is not the best place to advertise illegal and quasi-legal activities. But apparently we’re wrong.
Case and point? Mark and Holly Harrington of Tewksbury, Mass. The pair were busted this week after allegedly openly selling weed via the social media giant. And no, they weren’t being discreet. The pair’s site was dubbed HTM Gardening LLC and they had forms for new patients to fill out.

The narks of the social media have reared their ugly heads and set their crossed-eyed sights on purging Americans’ newsfeeds of vital information regarding the medicinal properties of marijuana. To be more specific, there is some meathead Ivy Leaguer who considers himself an “Internet Deputy,” fighting from behind his computer to shutdown an established Facebook group dedicated to spreading the good word of patients medicating with cannabis oil.

An off-color joke by a Missouri college professor on Facebook led to would-be comedian being busted for growing marijuana last week.
Matthew Rouch, a 57-year-old professor at Northwest Missouri State University, allegedly either sent a message to or posted on the wall of a friend that he looked forward to the start of a new year at the University, but that “by October I’ll be wanting to get up to the top of the bell tower with a high powered rifle – with a good scope, and probably a gatling [sic]gun as well.”

It must be getting hot in Arizona. Our friends at the Phoenix New Times have a pair of stories worth repeating – so that they never are repeated again:
First up, there’s Jorge Valencia who police say was just out there in the open using Facebook to sling herb like it was no big deal (Editor’s note: it shouldn’t be). Nobody told Jorge about privacy settings apparently, because police were able to see him post about what he had and how much “dope money” he’d been making.
Next up, we’ve got Stephanie Lopez who was allegedly smoking some herb in her car when police pulled her over (in the drive-through of the Burger King). Police officer didn’t find the herb right away and Lopez denied it initiatlly, but later admitted to the cop she had it and pulled it out of her vagina. No word on if it was XXX Diesel or (I know this is bad) Pussy Kush.

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